I spent some time looking this up, and it's actually probably true that the USDA is giving them payment for meals, and that payment is contingent on them providing rice cereal after 7 months. Before 7 months. if the baby is only "developmentally ready" for breastmilk, the USDA will pay the daycare for warming and serving your breastmilk. After 7 months, they must also provide rice cereal and fruit/vegetables. Otherwise, they can't claim a payment for providing a meal. It's clear from the USDA's info that you are still entitled to refuse the rice cereal,. but the daycare may get cranky because they lose the reimbursement.